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Questioning your gender and identifying as transgenderQQuestioning your gender and identifying as transgenderQuestioning your gender and identifying as transgenderEnglishAdolescentTeen (13-18 years)NANASupport, services and resourcesTeen (13-18 years)NA2021-06-21T04:00:00Z9.8000000000000049.1000000000000731.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Your gender identity is something that you come to understand for yourself. If you are questioning your gender, read more to find out if you might identify as transgender.</p><p>It is okay to question your gender identity as you grow older. Your gender identity is something that you come to understand for yourself. If you are questioning your gender, this page will help you assess whether you identify as transgender and explain the concept of gender dysphoria.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Transgender is a term for someone whose gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth.</li><li>Gender dysphoria is a diagnosis used to describe the distress, unhappiness and anxiety that transgender people may feel because the sex they were assigned at birth doesn’t match with their gender identity.</li><li>If you are questioning your gender identity, it may be helpful to talk to close friends and family, as well as other transgender people, about how you are feeling. Some people find that connecting with a counselor or therapist to explore their feelings with someone outside of their personal network can also be helpful.</li></ul><h2>At SickKids</h2><p>The <a href="https://www.sickkids.ca/en/care-services/clinics/transgender-youth-clinic/">SickKids Transgender Youth Clinic (TYC)</a> provides information, options and care to youth experiencing gender dysphoria, which includes assessment and treatment planning. The clinic takes an affirming approach to gender identity and care.</p><h2>Resources</h2><p> <a href="https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3964&language=English">Gender and identity: Support and resources</a><br></p><p></p><h3>AboutKidsHealth Teens</h3><p> <strong><a href="https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/adolescenthealth">Adolescent Health Learning Hub</a></strong> - <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3966&language=English">Questioning gender and identifying as transgender</a><br>Share this article with your parents or guardian for tips on how they can support you in talking about sensitive topics.<br></p> <br><h2>References</h2><p>Gender. <em>Trans Care BC</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.phsa.ca/transcarebc/trans-basics/gender">http://www.phsa.ca/transcarebc/trans-basics/gender</a>.</p><p>Sex&U. <em>The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada</em>. Retrieved from <a href="https://www.sexandu.ca/">https://www.sexandu.ca/</a>.</p><p>Transgender Identities. <em>Planned Parenthood</em>. Retrieved from <a href="https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/gender-identity/transgender">https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/gender-identity/transgender</a>.</p><p>“Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Gender Dysphoria in Adolescents and Adults. <em>Canadian Psychological Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="https://cpa.ca/psychology-works-fact-sheet-gender-dysphoria-in-adolescents-and-adults/">https://cpa.ca/psychology-works-fact-sheet-gender-dysphoria-in-adolescents-and-adults/</a>.</p>